Plans to bring in a new ‘superfast’ patent processing service, capable of granting patents in just 90 days, were confirmed by Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger today.
Currently it can take a number of years to gain patent protection. This length of time is usually suitable for most patent applicants as it gives applicants time to make important commercial decisions and change their strategy in light of any decisions. However the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) recognises that this timescale may not suit everyone’s needs.
The Government has published a consultation on how the service should work, following on from Business Secretary Vince Cable’s announcement last year that the service would be in place in 2013. The consultation will run for eight weeks and conclude on 12 June 2013.
The IPO currently offer a free acceleration process where a patent can be granted in less than a year. However, minsters recognise that in some circumstances applicants may find it helpful to obtain a grant more quickly.
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